Living Fossils

Survivors from Earth's Distant Past

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

In the history of life on this planet, 99.9 percent of all species have gone extinct. But a few have survived almost unchanged. Author Rebecca E. Hirsch introduces readers to six living fossils, including the chambered nautilus, the horseshoe crab with its sticky blue blood, and venomous platypuses that sting, as well as a comprehensive explanation of evolution and extinction for readers who may not be familiar with the terms yet. Readers will also discover a a spectacular timeline of the history of animal life on Earth. Dive into the stories of these incredible animals and find out how they help scientists piece together evolutionary history.

Format Your Price Add
Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Science
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Expository Literature, Animals
Copyright 2021
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 2020-10-06
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF003050, JNF051150, JNF037050
Dewey 591.3/8
Dimensions 10.625 x 8.875
Guided Reading Level X
Features Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Reviewed, Sidebars, and Timeline

Author: Rebecca E. Hirsch

Rebecca E. Hirsch is an award- winning children's author with a PhD in plant biology. Her picture books include Plants Can't Sit Still and Night Creatures: Animals That Swoop, Crawl, and Creep while You Sleep. She lives with her husband and three children in State College, Pennsylvania. You can visit her online at


School Library Journal

“[A] fascinating overview of animals that are the last or almost the last of their kind within the context of evolution and extinction.”—School Library Journal


“An informative book for readers drawn to strange and amazing animals.”—Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“A satisfying selection of nature’s survivors for readers intrigued by the animal world.”—Kirkus Reviews